The Age of MiraclesLarge Print - 2012
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loonylovesgood Dec 09, 2012
I couldn't put this down. Mind you, it's not an uplifting read in any way...it is pretty depressing and leaves you feeling pretty downright hopeless at the end. But I liked the author's writing style and I thought the plot was pretty realistic, considering. Just don't read it if you're in a happy... Read More »
quagga Aug 03, 2012
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Spare, unselfconscious, this debut novel is as startling in its premise as it is in its sense of "rightness." It is a small gem.
Julia, the narrator and main character, is an eleven-year Southern California only child whose mother, a part-time acting teacher, and father, an ob-gyn, respond to the world in markedly different ways, leaving Julia to occupy the middle ground linking them together. Her observing voice recalls, from a distance, the long-ago time when a day lasted 24 hours, divided predictably between darkness and light. But on the cusp of adolescence, Julia's ordinary concerns (flat-chestedness, popularity, soccer) are eclipsed by an epochal shift, soon named The Slowing: days are gradually lengthening, rendering "clock time" meaningless.
Julia's telling of this catastrophic change never strays into the histrionic. The result is completely, disturbingly believable novel that will resonate with YA and adult audiences alike.
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